KENYA BROWN - Friday, May 29, 2015
Hoffenheim defender Jeremy Toljan has decided to reject calls from the United States to play for the German Under-21 national team.
U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been successful at persuading dual national players to dropping their ambitions to play for the national team of one country to join with the project he is working on with the Americans. For the most part he has been successful as he has acquired commitments from Julian Green, John Anthony Brooks, Fabian Johnson, Alfredo Morales and most recently Gideon Zelalem.
But this time it appears that his luck has run out as Toljan, 20, decided to spurn the calls of the German-born coach and try his luck with the German youth side as he was named to the preliminary roster for the upcoming 2015 under-21 European Championships.
Toljan was born in Stuttgart, Germany and qualifies to play for the national team. He is also qualified to play for the United States and Croatia.
Despite suffering from injuries during the recently concluded Bundesliga season, Toljan has found himself earning playing time for Hoffenheim. He even played in all positions in the back line last season.
In an interview with German tabloid newspaper Bild, Toljan admitted tht Klinsmann did approach him about joing the U.S> side, but he had no interest representing the team.
"He called me and asked whether I could imagine playing for the United States. It was only a short conversation," he said.
There might be some hope for Klinsmann though as Toljan can only be ineligible to play for the U.S. if he plays in a FIFA-santioned tournament for the Germans.
However, from the youngster's comments with Bild it looks like he has made his mind up on his international future.